Letter writing in Coffee Shops

I love coffee and I love writing letters so it seems natural to me that the two should go together. Lord Byron once said, “Only in letter writing do we have solitude and society simultaneously” but Byron was wrong. I can enjoy solitude and society while writing letters in a coffee shop.

There I am sitting at my very own table. Even if there are empty chairs at my table no one ever intrudes. I am alone. That’s solitude. No bodies are sitting with me or talking to me, but I’m not completely alone. I have my letter friend and their letter which I am answering. That’s society. I also can enjoy people watching. It’s fun for me to see what people are wearing and who they’re talking to and what they’re doing at their own tables.

I write letters every day at home, but it’s nice to get out every now and then. I may not want to go to lunch or shopping or visiting friends, but I just might like to get out of the house, changing the scenery. For the price of a cup of coffee I can have a grand old time writing letters at a coffee shop.

Luckily there are quite a few coffee shops in my very own town of Hudson. I realize not everyone is so lucky. I have a Starbucks and a Panera and an independently run shop on Hudson’s Village Green. There’s also a Restore. But when I was out enjoying a Country Inn Day in the town of Burton, Ohio I stumbled upon a coffee shop that had a number of rooms within it and they were amazing. You’d think you were in someone’s home. Look and see what I mean.

Since I do try to spread the word about the pleasure of letter writing I’m happy to say that occasionally a person will come up to me and ask what I’m doing. This is the perfect opportunity for me to explain how I write letters every day, belong to a national letter writing organization, and make wonderful letter friends all over the world.

I am a writer, a letter writer, but a writer just the same. I remember the first time I realized I was a real writer. I was in a coffee shop in the town of Shaker Heights, Ohio. I was writing letters as usual when a very distinguished man walked in with his briefcase. He found a seat across the room from me. He got busy writing and I continued to write my letters, but at a certain point he got up to get more coffee. He came by my table , looked down at all my papers and he asked me if I was a writer too. I thought for a second and I said proudly, “Why yes, I am.” You don’t have to be publised to be a writer. You just have to write and that I do, every day. Maybe you’re a writer too or a wanna be writer. So write!

The Starbucks in my town of Hudson

So, if you like to write, write! Write letters! Sharing doubles the joy. You don’t have to write a book for hundreds of people to read. Of course you can write a book, but as Mother Theresa always used to say, “It’s the one to one that matters.” You can do a lot of good sharing joy and communing with your fellow man by taking up pen and paper and writing to people you know one at a time. You can join The Letter Exchange and write to people you don’t know… at first. Someone once said, “Why do you write to pen pals, people you don’t know?” The answer was, “In writing those people I get to know them and turn them into great friends.

So write letters. Write letters in your Christmas cards. Write letters at home – at the kitchen table, at a desk in your study, in bed, write anywhere, but if you need to change the scenery a little, get out of the house, try writing letters in a coffee shop. You may run into some people you know and that could be fun, but just writing a letter to a friend is also fun and they’ll be so happy to hear from you.

Look into your heart and write… you’ll make your friend happy and then they’ll write back making you happy too.

Go ahead. Spread joy. Our world could use it!

9 thoughts on “Letter writing in Coffee Shops

  1. What nice places you have for coffee and to write! Tim Horton’s, Starbucks, and Panera are about it for us. We had a sweet little coffee shop years ago but they don’t seem to make a go of it here.

  2. Gwen, Well at least you have 3 places. Some people tell me they have no coffee shops. I don’t think I could live in those places. By the way, thank you for the beautiful birthday card. You are so kind and thoughtful.

  3. Hello Carol Ann,

    Once again, I have enjoyed reading your blog article, in this case, “Letter writing in Coffee Shops.” Yes, I have read many letters that I have received from you over the past four years in which you are telling me that you are presently writing this letter from a certain favorite coffee shop of yours. As you probably have noticed by now, my favorite place from which to write a letter (many of them to you) is in what I call “My Captain’s Chair” in the living room of my very modest home, and usually in the very wee hours of the morning, usually beginning after Midnight and I won’t finish until four or five o’clock in the morning. And you can probably tell that the quality of my handwriting is deteriorating as the night goes on.

    As I paged down this article, “Letter writing in Coffee Shops” I was very tickled to quickly see a photo of the Christmas Tree that you beautifully drew on the outside of the envelope of my last letter that I received from you on Dec. 7, 2019, along with small parts of both pages of this letter that you enclosed in this envelope, also shown in this photo. In my reply back to you, I neglected to thank you for this lovely artwork of yours, so this gives me a good opportunity to “Thank You” for that in this comment.

    I guess that I just gave away that I’m hoping that my reply back to you left the Hannibal post office in time to reach you for the anniversary of a very special occasion early next week. 😊

    Have a very Merry Christmas, Carol Ann.


  4. Greg, I’m always happy to see your comments on my posts. This is the first I’ve heard about a captain’s chair. When I’m writing letters at home I have a favorite chair too. It’s in my library. My second favorite place to write at home is at an island in my butler’s pantry. I usually have coffee with a letter though no matter where I am coffee shop or home. You?

  5. Dear Carol Ann,
    Thanks for sharing your coffee shop adventures with us. The Burton coffee shop looks so amazing! I may have to take a road trip out to Burton sometime. Happy Birthday and see you soon,

  6. Maura, nice to see your comment.. Yes, you must visit the Burton coffee shop. It’s right in the center of town. There’s a nice tea house nearly across the street from it. When I’m in Burton I can never decide if I should have coffee or tea. How did you know my birthday was coming up? You are so sweet. I was just thinking about you, writing a friend explaining how you and I met. So fun!

  7. I’m sending out your reply letter today (I’m LEX 13209). I enjoyed reading your letter, but seeing this post brought me just that much closer to you. I also have a pen pal blog, BUT it’s quite defunct at three moment. This gives me some inspiration.

  8. Hi Tami, I’m looking forward to receiving your letter and I’ll be looking forwad to reading your posts too when they’re up and running again. Welcome to my world. I hope we’ll become fast friends.

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